What is Aeroponics DYI
“What is Aeroponics?” is the question that inspired this whole blog. I saw that many people were craving this information and I wanted to learn as much as I could on the subject myself. Aeroponics is the ability to grow plants without a medium. In most cases, the water needed to make the plant roots become coated in enough liquid to grow perfectly is very minimal. Aeroponics can either be teamed up with hydroponics, which then means the plants are grown by putting nutrient supplements into the water system or it can be teamed up with aquaponics which uses the fish waste as the nutrients. Both methods will work great. However, a truly closed system is difficult to create, which is why most people just add the nutrients to the water themselves via aeroponics. Some people will tell you that you do not need to add nutrients to the water at all because of the super aeration you are getting when misting the roots. However, I found that implementing either hydroponics or aquaponics methods will create a much healthier plant. Also, choosing the combined method of aquaponics with aeroponics will give the benefits of aeroponics, such as fresh vegetation and the added bonus of a growing supply of fish to make your monthly fish tacos. I hope that this helped answer your questions about what aeroponics is and I will definitely be expanding on all of this information at other times.
Hydroponics as been talked about a lot in the recent years because of recent findings that you can grow marijuana all year round and have faster grow cycles when growing the plants in a water base, using fish waste as nutrients. Hydroponics does not use dirt, instead the plants are grown in water and every so often nutrient solutions are added so all of the plants grow at the optimal rate. There are many different methods of this and again a lot of these methods can cross paths. As I mentioned before hydroponics, aquaponics, ad aeroponics produce plants at the fastest rate possible because the plant is given the perfect environment to live in. One disadvantage to this hydroponics, is in most cases, lights are used to produce energy for the plants to grow. Incandescent bulbs are not very efficient, and can be pretty costly especially when first starting out. LED bulbs are becoming more popular and their cost is going down, which should provide a great opportunity in the future for hydroponics.
Aquaponics is an increasingly popular way of growing agriculture that also brings in the farming of fish (aquaculture). Aquaculture is mainly thought of as raising fish. However, it’s true that other water creatures could be considered when implementing this technique such as crayfish, snails, etc. Essentially the whole point of having these water critters is so they produce nutrients for your plants. By doing this, you do not have to add nutrients to your water (hydroponics). Aquaponics makes a very fine line between toxicity of the water, and it is necessary to make sure that the nutrients is not too much for the plants. But, in most cases the hardest thing about an aquaponics set up is keeping your fish happy. The excretions from the fish and the plant bio material in excess can cause your fish to die, which then makes your whole ecosystem go off balance. Finding that happy line between where your fish are doing well as well as your plants is the hardest part of aquaponics. Once you have found a way to overcome this hurdle, the next step is adding other feature into your ecosystem, like bugs that help break down that excess material. In most cases you do not need as many fish as you think in aquaponics, which is not a great thing, if that is what you are looking to do. All and all this method has a great feature, which is the closed loop where you do not have to add nutrients once you have it set up correctly. I will write more on aquaponics later, because ultimately I think aeroponics and aquaponics go hand and hand. Understand ” what is aeroponics ” now start your first aeroponics systems here with this starter guide.
We have all seen the traditional way of growing food in the ground. The one thing that this geoponics has on its side is time. Geoponics has been around for centuries and is where we get most of our food from. However, I see space being a restraint in the years ahead and trying a more modern and efficient way might be something that should be attempted on a larger scale say… aeroponics with aquaponics:)